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50 Days Out Ideas For The Summer Holidays

June 14, 2018

Are you looking for ideas to keep the kids occupied over the summer holidays? Look no further…

There are a few weeks left of term and most Mums are probably thinking about day trips and activities to keep the kids amused, me included! I am Surrey based, so naturally, a lot of these will be in close proximity to us but there are some longer trips also included.

50 Days Out Ideas For The Summer Holidays

1) Frensham Ponds

Frensham Ponds and Common is a large area of heathland with two large ponds, known as Frensham Great Pond and Frensham Little Pond, which essentially look like a beach, in Surrey! Perfect for sunny days in the summer holidays.

2) Drusillas Park, East Sussex

Drusillas Park is a small zoo near to Alfriston, in East Sussex. You can find hundreds of exotic animals, from monkeys to meerkats and is best for children between 2 and 10 years old.

3) Brooklands Museum

The Brooklands Museum is an air museum in Weybridge and they have a number of activities for families over the summer, from car rides, to tours on Concorde and family workshops.

4) Godstone Farm

One of our favourites Godstone Farm is set within the beautiful Surrey Hills with amazing views from the top of the farm. It’s an easy and quick drive from the M25 and has ample parking for visitors. The farm is 40 years old and as you walk around you can see it’s retained its heritage, but there has clearly been an investment in certain areas recently making it, even more, family friendly.

5) Medicine Gardens, Cobham

A walled garden in Surrey with a play area, sandpit, a cafe and a new delicious restaurant called the Hothouse Eatery.

6) Ceramic cafe, Hersham

A great rainy day activity, let the little ones choose their pottery and get creative!

7) Kidabulous 

Kidabulous is a huge indoor play area in Sunbury-on-Thames. There is a huge soft play in the downstairs area and a smaller toddler town upstairs. Look out for special offers on lunch and entry.

8) Zoo’s

We are really lucky to have lots of zoos in close proximity to Surrey. London Zoo, Battersea ZooLongleat Zoo and Marwell Zoo are some of the ones closest to us.

10) Bird world

Birdworld is one of England’s largest bird parks. You can find Birdworld close to the town of Farnham, Surrey near the Alice Holt Forest.

11) Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park 

We recently went to Peppa Pig World and found it to be a fantastic family day out and having Paultons Park also included in the price of entry was great if you have older kids. Our review of Peppa Pig World can be found here.

12) Piglets, Hersham

Piglets in Hersham is a soft play and outdoor farm, play area. It’s ideal for the younger ones with lots to keep them occupied and good food options. In the School holidays they often have extra activities on such as horse riding.

13) Chobham Adventure Farm

Chobham Adventure Farm is an indoor & outdoor play area. The indoor area has two play frames, one for under 2’s, and one for older children and adults. Outside you can find a huge sandpit with slides and construction site, two bouncing pillows, and a small and large play frame with zipwires.

14) Little Street

Little Street has a few locations in and around Surrey and is a scaled down version of a typical town, which encourages children to role play in different areas. You can read our full review here. 

15) Airhop 

AirHop is a Trampoline Park in Guildford  which is fun for all of the family. They have special summer offers.

16) Mini Munchkins, Walton

Mini Munchkins is a soft play cafe for children under 5. There is a good cafe for parents to have a tea or coffee.

17) Go ape 

Go Ape provides outdoor adventure activities in beautiful forests and there are lots of Go Ape locations in close proximity to Surrey.

18) Legoland

Legoland is a theme park based in Windsor. Look out for special offers on tickets as it can be an expensive (but fun) day out!

19) Chessington World of Adventures

A theme park with a zoo and Sea Life centre perfect for the younger ones in the family.

20) Thorpe Park

Another local theme park to Surrey. With over 30 rides, attractions and live events this is a great one for older children.

21) National Trust properties

There are lots of National Trust properties and walks in Surrey. From walks at Leith hill, exploring Polesden Lacey and finding ‘castles’ at Claremont you can make the most of your membership this Summer.

22) Brighton 

With a great beach, a pier and an aquarium Brighton can be a great day trip on a sunny day.

23) West Wittering Beach 

West Wittering beach is a sandy beach with amazing views of Chichester Harbour and the South Downs. A great spot for a sunny day. 

24) Hampton Court Magic Garden

The Magic Garden is a large children’s playground in the grounds of the Hampton Court. Each area in the garden represents myths, legends, stories and real objects that can be found at Hampton Court.

25) Windsor castle

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and is a great place to take children who are learning about the Royals.

26) Bushy Park

Bushy Park is a huge park with waterways, gardens and grassland, and deer. Attractions you can find are the Upper Lodge Water GardensWoodland Gardens and the Pheasantry Café.

27) Painshill Park

The magnificent award-winning 18th century landscape garden based in Cobham, Surrey. Painshill has something for everyone and makes a great day out.

28) RHS Wisley

RHS Wisley Gardens are huge, beautiful gardens near Ripley in Surrey. There are over 240 acres of gardens, a kids play area (indoor and outdoor) and a plant and gift shop. 

29) Mayfield Lavender Fields

mayfield lavender fields

One for the keen photographers, Mayfield Lavender Fields near to Banstead is a beautiful lavender field with a cafe.

30) Virginia water lake

Run & walk around the historic landmarks and enjoy views of Virginia Water lake. Relax with friends and family with a picnic by the lake.

31) Rock climbing at Xcel Walton-on-Thames

If you have active children leisure centres such as Xcel in Walton-on-Thames have activities like rock climbing, swimming and a soft play to name a few.

32) Guildford Lido 

Guildford Lido has an outdoor 50m heated outdoor pool and slides. It’s set in 4 acres of beautiful grounds so would make for a lovely day out on a fine day.

33) Spectrum in Guildford

If you haven’t been to this leisure complex you really should give it a try! We love the swimming pool, with its wave pool and children’s play area. You can also find ice skating and gyms there.

34) Cockcrow railway

The Great Cockcrow Railway is a miniature railway near Chertsey. It is open on Sunday afternoons from May to October and Wednesday afternoons during August.

35)  Natural history museum 

There will always be lots on over the holidays for children at the museums. The Natural History Museum is most famous for it’s dinosaurs. A great London day out for all ages.

36) Boat trip 

You can take boat trips on the Thames between Richmond, Kingston and Hampton Court. You could have a morning at the Magic Gardens at Hampton and then have a boat ride in the afternoon for a full day out.

37) Hobbledown

A family farm with wooden play areas, a play barn and a picnic area. Perfect for summer days out.

38) More Than A DoDo Museum

An Oxford museum of history which is free and a great day out.

39) Garsons Garden Centre

Garsons Garden Centre near Esher is a fantastic morning or afternoon activity. They have a great garden centre, farm shop, restaurant, play area and of course the famous POY farm. There are charges for the POY this year so check the costs before you go.

40) Science museum 

Another fantastic London Museum for little ones to learn all about science. Popular exhibitions at the moment are a special look at the Sun, a feature on superbugs and antibiotic resistance and Wonderlab – an interactive exhibition.

43) Bocketts Farm

Bocketts Farm is located near to Leatherhead and is a working farm. You can find a huge outdoor play area, an indoor play area, all the animals you’d expect on a farm and pig races!

44) Stoke Park paddling pool

A huge paddling pool which is open from the 25 May until the end of September and is totally free.

45) Alice Holt

Alice Holt is the perfect place for a day out in the woods. With a Gruffalo trail there is something to keep everyone occupied. There is also a Go Ape experience here.

46) London Aquarium

A Sealife centre which is home to one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life. A great London day out idea.

47) Hayling Island

Hayling Island has everything you’d expect from a traditional seaside holiday with sporting and leisure facilities. The island’s miles of unspoilt coastline and countryside are a great place to relax and spend the day with the kids.

46) Bluebell steam railway

The Bluebell Railway is an 11-mile heritage line in West Sussex. Little ones can learn all about the steam trains and if they are under 7 they can play in The Elephant Van which was originally a carriage used to transport circus elephants and is now a play area.

47) Safari Golf Hersham

A fun safari themed mini golf course near to Hersham station in Surrey.

48) Crockford bridge farm

At this farm you can find fruit picking, lovely walks, a park and a small indoor soft play. This is a brilliant trip for the little ones.

49) Littlehampton Seaside trip

The mile-long sand and shingle beach at Littlehampton is perfect for a day out and is only an hour and 20 minutes from Surrey.

50) Kingston river walk

We love walking along the river from Kingston town centre. There is lots to see and if you walk back towards Kingston at the end there are places for picnics or lots of restaurants.

Are there any you would add to the list?

Sarah x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply MMT June 14, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Wow what an amazing list Sarah! Some of my faves on here – Drusillas and Paultons Park, plus Godstone Farm. There are some new ones on here to me though…I like the sound of the medicine garden?

    Quex park in Kent is amazing if you are near the Kent coast – a brilliant day out with loads to do and beautiful gardens.

    Thanks so much for linking up to #coolmumclub

    • Reply Sarah June 14, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      I haven’t heard of that, thank you I’ll definitely check that out! Writing this list took me hours but glad I did it 😂 I’ll be referring to this over the summer x

    • Reply Sarah June 14, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      Oh sorry the Medicine garden is beautiful check them out on IG xx

  • Reply Talya June 15, 2018 at 8:43 am

    This is an amazing list hun and one I am off to Pin so I can keep coming back to over the summer holidays. Thanks so much for linking up to #coolmumclub and hope you’re well lovely xoxo

  • Reply Helena June 20, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    There appears to be loads going on in your area. #CoolMumClub

  • Reply kerry August 3, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Love this list. Quite a few favourites. I personally would add Four kingdoms adventure park and finkley down farm

    • Reply Sarah August 12, 2018 at 8:53 am

      Thanks for the suggestions will definitely check them out x

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